Networking buzzwords: Top searches by the channel

Our best content on the most searched for terms by SearchNetworkingChannel.com readers.

At SearchNetworkingChannel.com we strive to offer you the tools and how-tos you need to service your customers' networks. This includes information on the latest industry standards, such as 802.11n, as well as tips on how to sell technologies. The top five searches conducted on the site are a good sampling of the resources we offer. Take a look at the resources your peers have found useful and let us know if we're missing something that can help you do your job better.

802.11n
802.11n is a specification for wireless LAN communications. 802.11n allows greater operating distance of wireless networks, thanks to the use of a new radio technology, Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO). The new wireless standard also offers increased reliability and network speeds with data rates potentially as high as 540 Mbps. This high data rate, in turn, allows customers to run high-availability applications over a WLAN. However, the new technology requires changes in both wireless and wired network architectures – a perfect opportunity for trusted advisers.
 

 

OPEN SOURCE NETWORK TOOLS
Many networking professionals swear by open source network tools such as TCPdump, Snort and Nagios. These tools are tried and proven on real world networks, and are supported by a loyal community of users. Open source network tools offer channel professionals and their customers additional advantages. Both benefit from the lack of licensing fees, while VARs and SIs can make money providing related services.
 

 

SETTING UP A VPN ON WINDOWS 2003
Virtual private networking technology can be useful for customers with a lot of remote users, and a Windows-based VPN may be just the thing for customers who want to provide users remote access but don't want to spend a lot of money on new hardware or software.
 

SMB NETWORK SECURITY
Small and midsized businesses suffer from the same network security issues as enterprises, but SMBs face the additional challenge of having limited expertise and resources at their disposal. VARs and consultants who service SMBs benefit from understanding which technologies approach security issues within these constraints.
 

 

AUDIT NETWORK TRAFFIC
Auditing network traffic at the packet level can provide you with a goldmine of information about what is traversing your customer's network, exposing the root of problems that your customer may or may not be aware of. TCPdump is one popular tool used to conduct packet analysis. An open source network tool, TCPdump provides access to traffic attributes such as host and port information, details on TCP flags, ICMP message types and more.
 

This was last published in July 2007

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